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May 29, 2005

Questions for Congress

Posted by Ernest Miller

Why doesn't every single darn committee, subcommittee, whatever, have a podcast (in the future, broadcatch) of its hearings?

Why isn't there a floor podcast?

How long will it take Congress to get a clue?

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1. Richard Bennett on May 31, 2005 02:14 PM writes...

The California State Legislature has "podcast" itself for years, even before it was trendy to use the term "podcast", and it also makes selected hearings and floor sessions available to cable TV customers throughout the state on its California Channel.

The US Congress does this latter deal on C-Span, the logical place to look for your "podcasting."

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2. Richard Bennett on May 31, 2005 02:17 PM writes...

Try this link.

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3. Jonny Goldstein on May 31, 2005 03:16 PM writes...

Speaking of politicians and community interaction via new media, John Edwards will be launching his own videoblog soon and will be accepting video questions from people from people around the world, to whom he will respond on the vlog. More here. Videoblogging works similarly to podcasting in that people can subscribe to video via RSS.

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4. Amy Gahran on May 31, 2005 04:51 PM writes...

I think government podcasts are an intriguing idea, and the potential audience need not be limited to people who currently listen to podcasts. It doesn't have to be so geeky.

I just wrote an article, Podcasts, Congress, and Cable TV: The Happy Medium, that picks up on this theme you've raised and expands upon it to leverage existing media infrastructure. In short, I think cable TV systems might have most of what's needed to distribute podcasts on demand. Not just government podcasts -- any kind.

This is cool stuff.

- Amy Gahran

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